Guide to putting your child to bed

Guide to putting your child to bed
September 12 21:07 2016

Sleep is the primary activity of brain during early development. Trouble in sleeping isn’t just an adult problem; children have trouble getting sleep, too. They want you to sit next to them and stay there till they sleep. In this situation, it gets difficult for you to stay up when the kids aren’t sleepy at all and you are in a need of a sound sleep. It, surely, becomes a challenge for you as a parent when you have to stay up, too. If your kid doesn’t get enough sleep, he might get tired and cranky, and may not be able to think clearly. One more important reason of enough sleep in kids is that it helps them to grow and if sleep isn’t enough, then it can affect your immune system and growth.


The following tips and suggestions can help you when you child doesn’t want to get in bed or is having trouble staying in the bed:


  1. Set an established bedtime

Establish a regular bedtime for your child and for of all, be consistent at your own and make sure that you send your child to bedtime according to this time. Make sure that you are clear to your child about the bedtime rules and, and when you are consistent about the bedtime, your child is also able to understand what to learn and expect from you. Children with consistent bedtime tend to get more sufficient sleep. But, you shouldn’t push them too hard on the bed time limit. Be flexible in the beginning, and after sometime, you will start to notice that your child is also doing great with the bedtime limit. But, if you will act harsh to your child in this regard, the child might get frustrated leading to lack of sleep. Also, on weekends, don’t vary your bed routine because it can affect your consistent efforts. If necessary, plan your activities for weekend mornings instead of planning a night activity.


  1. Set up a wake up time

Setting up a wake up time is as important as setting up a bedtime. If you understand how much sleep your child needs and what time they go to sleep, it is easy to set a daily wake up routine time. Letting your child sleep a bit longer on weekends and holidays is fine and generous, but it can result in long, sleepless nights if practiced frequently. The extra sleeping hours will make your child’s body less tired at the end of the day, as they will not be able to take part in enough activities all day long.


  1. Turn off the television at least one hour before the sleep time

Try to turn off TV at least one or even two hour before the sleep time because research indicates that the light of television can interfere with the production of hormone melatonin. Melatonin is an important hormone in the piece of sleep-cycle in a human body. When the level of melatonin rises, most of people feel sleepy then. So, this can mess up your child’s sleep routine and he can be sleepless for an extra two hours and you certainly don’t want that!


  1. Reduce stress level before bed

Level of stress can be reduced by different activities before sleeping. For instance, a bedtime story can be a good option to reduce stress. Read a bedtime story of five or ten minutes. The rate of reading is also important: punctuation marks indicate a place to “leave a long silence” before reading on. Read in a soft voice and add a little humor, and the story of the evening will end with a good big sleep. Ask him what he/she did all day and what are the activities they, want to do for the next day. This will keep your child’s mind at ease and he will be able to sleep peacefully.


  1. Create a sleep-inducing environment

Make sure the environment is quiet and darker. But, if your child doesn’t like the room to be darker then, put some dim lights in the room so that your child doesn’t get scared while sleeping. Or even, turn the light of the hallway and leave the door to the bedroom half open. Soft sheets and soft toys can also help in creating a relax environment. But, too many soft toys can also make it harder for the child to sleep.


  1. Dress to sleep and room temperature

It is also important to check that your child is wearing comfortable pajamas and t-shirts that doesn’t make them uneasy in the night. Dress your child as you dress yourself for a sleep. The temperature of the room should also be kept moderate, neither too cold nor too warm. As young children often kicks off their clothes and cannot cover themselves in the sleep, it can result into insufficient sleep or even cold.


  1. Co-sleeping

The concept of ‘co-sleeping’ is to let your child sleep with you in your bed every night, until he/she is prefers to sleep in his own bed at his own. This method works as occasionally for putting a child to sleep after he/she had a nightmare. The presence of one parent allows the child to sleep peacefully.


  1. Listen to your child’s fear and emotions

You should listen to fear and emotions of your child and try to pay attention on the little details. It is possible that he/she wants to tell you something and he/she isn’t finding appropriate time or is hesitant to share that with you. A little friendly conversation before bedtime will make your child calm and serene, and reassure that you are doing enough for a goodnight sleep.


  1. Don’t get angry!

Of course, sometime the sleep-time tension can make you tense and you can feel tired, too. But, don’t let this tension come out on your child and try to stay as normal as you can. Being angry isn’t a solution; it can make your child aggressive and terrified, too. Instead, you should try to make him understand why it is important for him to sleep. Mention him any of his/her exciting plans for tomorrow like, playing football or a tea-party with her favorite dolls.


  1. Be observant of sleep disorders

If, despite your best efforts, your child continues to have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep during the night or has nightmares or night terrors, they might have a genuine sleep disorder. Talk to a doctor/psychologists about your concerns. Don’t neglect any small detail or unusual activity and mention everything to their doctor.


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